Redecorate for Zero Dollars

Redecorate for Zero Dollars

This post was written by my lovely wife, Michelle. Thanks sweety!

Jake’s been talking a little about our “Redecorate for Zero Dollars” series.  So here’s a little intro:

This seriously all started with my Naked Lady Party.  We had a lot of left over clothes so I went to a local thrift shop to donate them.  I decided to take a quick peek inside, looking for potential treasures, and found this beauty.



So then I left after a little slap on my own wrist and a reminder that I already have enough couches.  Got home, posted this pic on facebook and showed Jake.  A few encouraging comments later Jake is telling me that I can get it if I sell something else.  DONE.  So I guess technically I took a loan out against myself…and borrowed the $30 to buy the couch.  Don’t worry I sold something to cover the cost shortly after.  I had a couple ideas of what to do with it but mostly I was just letting the sofa speak to me.

So begins the tally of selling and buying….which I’ll go into later 🙂  I know you’re dying  to know, but remember, this is just the intro 😉

Right now I’m $100 ahead, just took a trip to IKEA and we’re working on a completely different room now.  We’ve got something big in the works so stay tuned!

Here’s what we’re starting with….

Office Pic 1

Terrifying, I know….yes, we live like this. (Not really, this is a spare room)Office Pic 2

(side note: there used to be a table and a desk in here, which I sold to cover the couch cost plus some….so that’s why it’s extra bad right now.)

Stay tuned to see if we can actually fix this mess for zero dollars!

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  1. We’ve got to sell a bunch of our stuff as well, I don’t know that we’ll be buying more though. As you know, when you have kids, the stuff just grows. We’re going to be doing a liquidation sale this spring!
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  2. I look forward to seeing how this turns out!!!
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  3. Have you seen the show horders? ..that room needs an intervention!

  4. What a fun game! It sounds like you’re well on your way for doing it for $0!! Where will you be putting that beauty of a couch??
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  5. Wow, that floral couch sure is colorful lol. I’m looking forward to see what you do with this as well. Cheers
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  6. Whoa! Can’t wait to see what happens to that room of craziness!
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  7. WOW!
    Congrats on having the courage to take the pics and post em live! 🙂
    But, I can’t wait to see the after pictures.
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  8. I play a similar game but instead of zero dollars, it is zero net increase in stuff in the house. Something comes in, something has to go…
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  9. I have a spare room that looks just like that! So I’ll be reading this series of posts for inspiration on what to do with it 🙂
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  10. A cliffhanger! So unfair. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
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  11. Nice! I cant wait to see how the couch turns out =)
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  12. That room is a little terrifying! It might be enough for me to just close the door and forget it was there! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you do with it.
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  13. Holy crap this post is amazing. I am so excited to read the next installment!!! ANd PS/ your junk room looks just like mine. Except I have a futon instead of a couch.

  14. A very admirable goal. I’ve always found that decorating gets postponed due to lack of money or time. If you can do it for zero dollars, you’ve removed half the obstacles!

    Good luck!
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  15. Redecorating can be very costly. It’s great that you are going for a new look but sticking to a $0 budget. Excited to see how you do. Are you going to be posting a tutorial?
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  16. Thrift stores are always a little dangerous for me. I go to drop off a bag of stuff and come home with two. At least I usually get a good deal and am helping others in the process (that’s how I “justify” my thrifting) 😉 Looking forward to seeing how everything turns out.
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  17. Oh, man! You’re gonna leave us hanging? So unfair….
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  18. Sounds fun! Can’t wait to see what it turns out like. Maybe it’ll inspire us to clean up our own Spare Oom!
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  19. This is going to be one heck of a transformation for that room – I can tell.
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